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Ara Foundation

Ara Foundation works in partnership with Ara Institute of Canterbury to change the lives of Ara staff and students through opportunities and experiences that increase learning outcomes.

Established in 1984, the foundation promotes and supports the applied vocational, educational and research activities of Ara Institute of Canterbury. Over the years, it has granted hundreds of thousands of dollars to support hundreds of Ara projects.

All staff and students of Ara Institute of Canterbury are encouraged to apply for funding grants from Ara Foundation. Grants are available for special projects and experiences that extend beyond everyday teaching and learning at Ara, such as involvement in community initiatives, one-off project funding or attending an overseas conference.

To view grant criteria, read about Ara Foundation grant and scholarship recipients and to make an online application please visit

Contact details

Phone: 021 279 6892